All About Mouthwash

There are so many different types of mouthwash – it can be confusing to know which one is beneficial for you!

What is mouthwash? A mouthwash, or mouthrinse, is used for many different reasons:

  • To aid in prevention of tooth decay
  • As a breath freshener
  • To reduce the amount of plaque on teeth
  • To aid in prevention or reduction of gingivitis
  • To aid in reduction of speed that tartar forms on the teeth
  • To whiten teeth

Mouthwash can be either used for cosmetic purposes or for dental therapeutic purposes. A cosmetic wash is a temporary fix for bad breath but does not address the root of the bad breath problem, whatever it may be. Therapeutic mouthwashes help reduce gingivitis, plaque, tartar, cavities, and bad breath.

Why would I need mouthwash? You may opt to begin using mouthwashes for personal reasons or if your dentist recommends one for you. It may be beneficial to use a rinse that has fluoride in it as part of your daily routine. In addition, if you have problems with brushing or flossing, adding a mouthrinse to your routine might help combat cavities and gum disease.

Quick facts:

  • It does not matter what order you floss, brush, and rinse. You can do any before the other as long as you are doing a careful job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Mouthwashes are NEVER a substitute for brushing and flossing.
  • Never swallow mouthwash.
  • Children under the age of 6 should not be using a rinse.
  • Children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old should be supervised if they are using a mouthrinse.
  • Chlorhexidine mouthwashes are prescribed by your dentist for gum disease and can also be used before some dental procedures.

Some mouthwashes we like:

The majority of mouthwashes are available over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription. Talk to your dentist about which is the best choice for you!

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